THE WELDING CONSULTANT
The welding consultant is a welding engineer who gives professional technical advice in the field of welding engineering. Therefore the welding consultant is a person with a real welding engineering degree who understands the depth and breadth of the science of welding metal alloys and joining materials, and the complex microstructure and property changes taking place in the weld and heat affected zone more than any other engineering discipline. And contrary to popular belief, metallurgical and materials consulting are not equivalent to welding consulting; and neither is any other engineering consulting discipline. See mistake no.1 by clicking on "common mistakes to avoid" in the left side frame.
The welding consultant typically works in a support role to establish and specify welding requirements, answer technical welding questions, and advise designers, engineers, fabrication and quality personnel on matters of welding during the design, procurement, and fabrication phase needed to design and build in welding quality. The welding consultant also writes the welding specification which defines welding and fabrication requirements for processes, materials, procedures, qualifications, codes and standards, workmanship, inspection, testing, quality, and procurement.
In addition to the basic core of engineering mathematics, physics, chemistry etc, required for all engineering disciplines, the welding consultant also studies: